The day the leaves fell

I don’t know how this happened. Yesterday all the leaves were on the oak tree and today they were all on the ground. The whole process is a bit of a mystery to me. Some years the tree hangs on to the leaves until January, and then they fall on fresh snow, making a huge mess that can only be cleaned up in spring. This year it seems quite early for this to happen.

I decided to document this process in my sketchbook today. As I sketched, the leaves drifted down gently in the breeze and I added that movement to my sketch. I guess you know what I’ll be doing on the weekend.

17 Comments on “The day the leaves fell”

  1. lois says:

    Such a beautiful fall scene.


  2. Ah yes, the mysteries of mother nature. Last year my ginkgo tree was in full golden splendour for about a day, then overnight, every leaf was on the ground.

    As always, your wheelbarrow, and the colourful yard, is delightful!




  3. Mary says:

    What a lovely, poignant way to capture what many people wouldn’t really notice.


  4. ccaatt01 says:

    Love your observations; I have noticed the same – every year is different!


  5. sandidureice says:

    What a beautiful painting. Love the falling leaves, so calm. Oak leaves decompose down into beautiful soil. I have a wild garden so oak leaves lying around adds to the relaxed look : ) Your painting with falling leaves is relaxing too. To capture the leaves like this takes observation and memory – thank you for the inspiration.


    • Sandi, my oak leaves do not decompose into beautiful soil. These ones are like shoe leather. They take years. And it’s even hard to mulch them up for the compost because they’re so thick. I use the maple leaves for my compost. I am just happy that the city takes them away as part of the municipal green waste program.

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  6. Denise says:

    Love seeing your wheelbarrow again among all the yellow, gold and orange. Also love you caption title, “The day the leaves fell”- sounds like the title of a book, and you could illustrate it!


  7. Thersa says:

    I love the warmth of autumn colours so I hope you will enjoy raking up your leaves at the weekend….but it will be sad not to see those colours again until next year….😉


  8. Lori says:

    Hi Shari,
    The colors are just so great in your painting…. ❤️


  9. Looks like the wheelbarrow is surrounded by falling stars.


  10. Ralph Bailey says:

    Love it Shari- great colours Ralph

    Sent from my iPhone



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